The Mount Carmel Public Library in Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania has much of the areas historical newspapers on microfilm. A kind volunteer created an index to the microfilm, which is now online at their website. If you find your ancestor on the index, you can then request a copy of the obituary for one person for $5.00 or the obituaries for 5 persons for $20.00. For those of you with Northumberland County, PA ancestors, this is a fabulous resource.
I have been submitting my requests a little at a time over the years but this year I hit a jackpot with the obituary of my great-grandfather, Thomas Noble. One of my best finds for 2014. This obituary appeared in “The Item” in March 1934. Apparently, it was front page news.
There is one problem with this obituary. It identifies Thomas’ parents as Mr. and Mrs. John (Taylor) Noble. The birth certificate from the GRO office in England identifies his parents as Edward Noble and Mary Devine, which is correct and supported by many other documents, including UK and US census records. Mary’s parents happen to be John Devine and Rose (Taylor) Devine. This may be part of the mix-up.
Thomas P. Noble, son of Edward and Mary (Devine) Noble c. 1931 (photo inserted by Eileen A. Souza)
THOS. P. NOBLE DIES AFTER A LONG ILLNESS
Former Mount Carmel Township Official Passes Away
Due to Stroke
Mount Carmel Township today mourned the death of one of its most prominent and most beloved residents, Thomas P. Noble, former constable, school director, supervisor, health officer and retired veteran miner.
In his eighty-second year, “the grand old gentleman,” as he was known by many friends, died at 9:30 o’clock last night at the family home in Connersville following a long illness.
He had been bedfast ever since he suffered a stroke over four years ago.
The end came suddenly. Members of the family heard him calling and when they went to the bedside, they found that he had breathed his last.
The funeral will be held Tuesday. Requiem mass is to be celebrated at 8:30 a. m. in the Church of Our Lady here and interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery at Beaverdale.
Mr. Noble was a native of Liverpool, England. He was born November 30, 1852, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John (Taylor) Noble.
As a young boy, he labored in the mines of England. Many were the interesting stories of his early experiences that he related in later life. He told of how even women and girls worked in the underground pits overseas, how donkeys were used instead of mules, how much men often pulled or pushed mine cars instead of the donkeys and how some of the mines extended underneath the sea. It was so hot “inside,” he said that workmen at times had to shed some of their clothing. He further related how a kind of circular stairway was used to get in and out of the mines.
When 11 years of age, Mr. Noble came to this country with his parents who immediately settled in Locust Gap. There, he again worked about the mines. The family later moved to Mount Carmel, remained here only a few years and then re-turned to the township by taking up residence in Connorsville.
Mr. Noble’s residence in Connorsville covered a period of approximately 32 years.
He was first elected to public office in the township in 1887 as constable, serving on year. In 1888 he was elected a member of township school board and served two years. In 1890, he became township supervisor also for two years.
At the conclusion of his term as supervisor, Mr. Noble retired from public life for a time but in 1912 he was named health officer in the township and held the post until as late as 1931 when he resigned because of his health.
Fourteen years ago he retired as a miner after having spent 58 years working underground, including his boyhood days in England. Mr. Noble worked almost all of the time at the Locust Gap colliery. He was an expert in his occupation.
Mr. Noble enjoyed excellent health until he suffered the stroke two years ago last January, Until then he used to walk daily from his home in Connorsville to this city to get his mail and newspaper. He considered it great exercise.
His wife, formerly Margaret McGinn, Locust Gap girl, died just five months ago today at the age of 62. Her death broke a marital bond of 57 years. The couple had been visiting at Locust Gap.
A son, Leonard, 31, died of pneumonia a year ago January 24th. He was the youngest of the family and the first claimed by death.
Mr. Noble was a member of the Church of Our Lady. Fraternally, he was affiliated with the Order of Owls.
The survivors include the remaining sons and daughters, Edward, Thomas and Mary, all at Mt. Carmel, Christ at Kulpmont, Anna, married James Ryan of St. Clair, John at Mount Carmel, James of Wilkes-Barre and William also of township, 23 grandchildren and two sisters. Mrs. Catherine Sharp, Shamokin and Mrs. Michael Breslin, of Locust Gap.
Mount Carmel Item, Vol. XLVL No. 120, Saturday, March 24, 1934, Pages 1 & 2.